Desert Trai‚Äčls Horsemanship

                                                            Gilbert, Arizona

"No Hour Of Life Is Lost That Is Spent In The Saddle." ~ Winston Churchill


Meet the Trainer

Christina Semerad: Instructor and trainer

  • Desert Trails owner and trainer is Christina Semerad, who has been involved with horses since starting as a child rider in Oregon, and moving to Arizona 18 years ago. Christina began riding and showing hunters at age 6, riding under several well known PNW trainers such as Joan Curtin, Brad Laird, and Jeff Cook. After attending Meredith Manor Equestrian College in West Virginia, and Oregon State University, she began teaching lessons and training horses professionally in her 20's. Desert Trails Horsemanship was started in Arizona in 2009, and has become a recognizable name on the local show circuit with successful riders and ponies bringing home lots of awards.


Located in sunny central Arizona, Desert Trails Horsemanship is committed to teaching aspiring young hunter jumper riders, with a focus on safety and good sportsmanship. 

As of July 1st, 2020, Desert Trails Horsemanship will be located at John Volken Academy (formerly called Welcome Home Ranch), in south Gilbert. The 44 acre event and boarding facility offers multiple arenas with lights, including a covered arena, sand footing, grass turn outs, block barns, and an on-site feed store. 

Desert Trails barn tours are by appointment only, so please call/text/email to set up a time. Our new barn address is:

 26601 S Val Vista Dr, Gilbert, AZ 85298. Cross streets are Val Vista and Hunt Highway. South on Val Vista from Riggs for .9 mile, turn left into the last driveway before Hunt Highway. 

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